Proposed Microbeads in Toiletries Regulation

A new proposal from Environment Canada aims to prohibit the manufacturing, importing, and sale of personal care products containing microbeads in Canada.  The proposal includes exfoliating or cleansing products like toothpaste and bath and body products.  Under the proposed regulation, microbeads are defined as plastic particles 5 mm or less in size.  The proposed timeline is as follows for products containing microbeads:

  • January 1 2018: Prohibition of the manufacturing and importing of cleansing or exfoliating toiletries
  • July 1 2018: Ban on the sale of cleansing and exfoliating toiletries
  • July 1 2018: Prohibition of the manufacturing and importing of exfoliating or cleansing natural health products and non-prescription drugs containing microbeads
  • July 1 2019: Ban on the sale of NHP and OTC drugs containing microbeads

Prescription drugs are excluded from the proposal.  This proposal also does not affect toiletries in transit through Canada if the beginning and final destinations are outside Canada.

Stakeholders have until January 19, 2017 to submit written feedback on the proposed regulation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Focal Point Research.   We are industry leading Drug and Cosmetic Regulatory Consultants that you can trust to help guide your company in the right direction.  More of the proposed regulation can be read here.